Daily Archives: June 11, 2019

June 11 – Hosea

For the summer months, we are reading the minor prophets, starting with Hosea. Our 3-week Hosea reading plan reveals the character of God and comes from the She Reads Truth blog.  Click HERE to go to the website for the reading plan and a devotion to go with each reading. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

You Are My People – Hosea 2:14-23

14 “Therefore I am now going to allure her;
    I will lead her into the wilderness
    and speak tenderly to her.
15 There I will give her back her vineyards,
    and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.
There she will respond as in the days of her youth,
    as in the day she came up out of Egypt.
16 “In that day,” declares the Lord,
    “you will call me ‘my husband’;
    you will no longer call me ‘my master.’
17 I will remove the names of the Baals from her lips;
    no longer will their names be invoked.
18 In that day I will make a covenant for them
    with the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky
    and the creatures that move along the ground.
Bow and sword and battle
    I will abolish from the land,
    so that all may lie down in safety.
19 I will betroth you to me forever;
    I will betroth you in righteousness and justice,
    in love and compassion.
20 I will betroth you in faithfulness,
    and you will acknowledge the Lord.
21 “In that day I will respond,”
    declares the Lord
“I will respond to the skies,
    and they will respond to the earth;
22 and the earth will respond to the grain,
    the new wine and the olive oil,
    and they will respond to Jezreel.
23 I will plant her for myself in the land;
    I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one.’
I will say to those called ‘Not my people,’ ‘You are my people’;
    and they will say, ‘You are my God.’”

Extra Reading: 2 Samuel 12:1-10

SOAP Note

Love Trumps Obedience | Shiree King

Scripture

Hosea 2:16

Observation

From the Enduring Word Commentary: “Think about it: Which one of the pagan gods of the nations ever wanted the love of their followers? Which one of them ever asked, ‘Do you love me?’ False gods don’t ever want our love, they want our fear, our obedience, our slave-like sacrifice and devotion.  But the true God, the Living God, isn’t satisfied with just our fear, our obedience, or even our slave-like sacrifice and devotion.  He wants our love, freely given and enjoyed in relationship with Him. If we miss this, we miss the heart of God’s work in us and for us.”

Application

I am so hard-wired to be a rule follower. I can “check the box” like the best of them; yet as a sinful being, it seems nearly impossible to “dot every i and cross every t.” If my primary goal is obedience to the rules, I am going to fail and always be ridden with guilt at never being able to measure up.  I have to let it sink in and accept that God wants my heart and love more than He wants my obedience and action.  He knows I am going to fall and fail, yet He still loves me and desires my love for Him in return.

Prayer

Dear God, Thank You so much for Your love and grace.  Thank You for Your forgiveness.  I know You want me to be obedient to Your Word, but I know You want more for me to have a relationship with You and to love You.  I desire to make decisions that express my love to You this week.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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